Aurora movie theater shooting trial day 32: CU psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton expected to testify
CU psychiatrist Dr. Lynne Fenton is expected to testify on day 32 in the Aurora movie theater shooting trial – People vs. James Eagan Holmes. During the course of the trial, prosecutors will argue that Holmes, the admitted gunman, was sane when he went into the midnight premiere of the Dark Knight Rises in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and opened fire on the audience, killing 12 and wounding 70. His defense attorneys will try to spare Holmes’ life by arguing that he was insane. 7NEWS and TheDenverChannel.com will have gavel to gavel coverage of the trial starting at 8:15 a.m. (MST) everyday and ending around 5:30 p.m. (MST) Watch new live video on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/7NewsDenver/live Additional resources:LIVE VIDEO & BLOG: http://bit.ly/theatertrialTIMELINE of the case: http://bit.ly/theatertimelineJURY PROFILE: http://bit.ly/theaterjury CONTINUING COVERAGE: http://bit.ly/theatercoverage
@NT8--We are not in disagreement here. He scammed his friends, Fenton, and others...i.e, by concealing his plans and targets while pretending to discuss his mental health "problems". A very deceitful, and sane, perp....mentally ill, yes, but certainly in full control of what he was doing....including lying to keep his plans from beig derailed.
by flip6/16/2015 10:02:03 PM
I just jumped in so please excuse me for maybe repeating something you've already addressed. Does anyone think that Dr. Fenton doesn't come across as a very smart psychiatrist?
by William6/16/2015 10:02:17 PM
I bet the DT objects to every single jury question.
by Angela Freeman6/16/2015 10:02:21 PM
I love that this court allows the jury to ask questions.
by lildeuce326/16/2015 10:02:24 PM
So let me throw this one out there...I agree that there are many that played a part in this tragedy. But please tell me what could have been done? Beginning to end. You can't arrest him, he was buying everything legally. You can't commit him indefinitely, he hasn't done anything yet. So, seriously, what could have been done?
by Niki C.6/16/2015 10:02:31 PM
@NikiC.: Not blaming the parents, but if they had visited to check on him after Dr. Fenton called, they would have seen his stockpile of weapons. Just my personal thought.
by anica.padilla6/16/2015 10:03:50 PM
I feel bad for her. All this blame being passed around is so juvenile and narrow minded.
by Angela Freeman6/16/2015 10:03:55 PM
Exactly, Niki C.
by lildeuce326/16/2015 10:03:56 PM
James Holmes, and only James Holmes played any role in this tragedy.
by Angela Freeman6/16/2015 10:04:11 PM
Ugh. Hate that the jury gets to ask questions. Agree that it's the lawyers' job to present evidence that's relevant and leave out what isn't, if they choose. It's not the jury's business to go hunting for facts.
by Lynn6/16/2015 10:04:24 PM
@Niki - I completely agree. You cannot stop someone without knowing their intentions, targets, plans. i.e. Timothy McVeigh, Columbine, etc
by mandi6/16/2015 10:04:38 PM
@ Williamss- Fenton does appears to lack an appropraite level of insight for a psychiatrist.
by FPsych6/16/2015 10:04:40 PM
I take it back - no breaks after listening to more. She's as incompetent as JH is conniving. She got scammed (probably shouldn't have) and he's Absolutley sane enough to manipulate people.
by NH6/16/2015 10:10:07 PM
I love that the jury gets to ask questions. They all have to be approved. What does it matter?
by Angela Freeman6/16/2015 10:10:10 PM
But there were clear red flags, so if anyone has any thoughts to what could have been done/tried, I am really interested in hearing them.
by Niki C.6/16/2015 10:10:13 PM
Exactly Angela the therapist are not miracle workers, people are going to do what they are gonna do in the end. She tried. She does have a job and it didn't revolve around J
by Tara6/16/2015 10:10:16 PM
I agree Niki.
by EZ6/16/2015 10:10:19 PM
@anica -- if my parents got on a plane to visit me every time I was freaking out in graduate school, they'd never go home. They knew it was the defendant's 'normal' to be awkward, and Fenton didn't mention homicidal thoughts to his mother.
by Lynn6/16/2015 10:10:24 PM
@Lynn: Fair point.
by anica.padilla6/16/2015 10:10:46 PM
I disagree, I think that its great the jury gets to ask their questions.
by debbie6/16/2015 10:10:48 PM
@Niki, She blew it when he stated homicidal thoughts, on a College campus no less. She blew it with well lets give him two or theree different meds an at the same time. She needs her license to practice pulled. and trust me it will be.
by NT86/16/2015 10:10:55 PM
I like that the jury gets to ask questions. Better that they get answers now before having questions during deliberations
by mandi6/16/2015 10:11:00 PM
I call people like JH 'criminally ill'. They are in full control if their actions. He knew what he was doing, and planned every last detail right down to meeting with these Drs.
by Marti6/16/2015 10:11:03 PM
I think that Dr. Fenton is choosing her answers carefully given the situation. Maybe she too, like anyone else on the stand is nervous.
by lildeuce326/16/2015 10:11:07 PM
Amazing how JH's chair became still the moment Fenton wasn't talking.
by NH6/16/2015 10:11:12 PM
@anica - great point. I think that could have stopped it.
by Niki C.6/16/2015 10:11:17 PM
Fenton was if not incompetent, she was Derelict in her duties.
by NT86/16/2015 10:11:22 PM
Last I knew, CO is one of only 3 states in the U.S. that allows jury questions. The others are AZ and NE. If anyone knows differently, please correct me, but that was correct as of the Jodi Arias trial.
by Lori Butterfield6/16/2015 10:11:31 PM
@Lynn I've served on juries in which the attorney's questions didn't clarify something I needed to understand. I think their questions constitute a reasonable ask.
by LynnB 6/16/2015 10:11:42 PM
I think him seeing Dr. Fenton was all part of his mass plan. He is very smart
by Sheri Reining6/16/2015 10:11:45 PM
@Niki, IMO JH has always been a ticking time bomb. This mass murder was only a matter of time to him. Makes me sick.
by Resa6/16/2015 10:11:47 PM
Fenton had to be care with testimony as it can be admitted into the civil suits later
by mandi6/16/2015 10:11:55 PM
Greens 1 Zebra's 0 so far
by NT86/16/2015 10:11:59 PM
Who gave her permission to contact his Mother?
by LG6/16/2015 10:12:03 PM
@ Lynn, the Jury is the group that will decide this case, why should they not have their questions answered? From Val
by NT86/16/2015 10:12:05 PM
love judge Samour's humour
by naturegurl6/16/2015 10:12:59 PM
But he had contacted his parents and let them know I thought that he had dropped out of school and that he was filling for unemployment I thought... That would have raised a red flag to see what was going on in person with him
by LG6/16/2015 10:13:06 PM
@Lynn - I disagree. This was a psychiatrist discussing some very serious problems. Not typical graduate school stress. They knew there was significant mental illness in the family and have stated they thought their son needed mental health help.
by Niki C.6/16/2015 10:13:08 PM
@Mandi again Fenton has to answer truthfully no matter what's going on with the civil case
by LG6/16/2015 10:13:55 PM
@Resa - I tend to agree with you. But I hope is bombs can be defused - I am searching for a way this could have been defused.
by Niki C.6/16/2015 10:14:09 PM
Sheri, I was thinking he saw Dr. Fenton cuz his ex=girlfriend suggested it and he wanted to get back with her, so he did what she wanted.
by Tammy Garrison6/16/2015 10:14:11 PM
If she felt that she needed to violate Hippa to contact the mother, why couldn't she contact the police?
by Casey6/16/2015 10:18:54 PM
LG, I thought he hid all that stuff from them.
by Tammy Garrison6/16/2015 10:18:59 PM
I disagree with parents dashing in to check up on JH. I have had so many serious meltdowns and money problems...my parents would be living with me if they rushed out every time. That's not what people do.
by Angela Freeman6/16/2015 10:19:03 PM
IMO, The jury should not be allowed to question witnesses. It's their job to evaluate the evidence and deliberate among themselves. Not to question witnesses. They (as a group of peers) do not have law degrees.